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Bohol quiz bowl, debate on consumer rights held

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (27 October) -- TAKING consumer education and information to a slightly interactive level, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in cooperation with the Department of Education's (DepEd) City Division put up series of student consumer activities to highlight the consumer month.

Adopting Consumer Education and Information as a key to consumer empowerment as this year's theme, the activities were centered on the schools' consumers who would eventually grow into more empowered adults. The move was also in response to a study that said consumer education should now be focused on student information campaigns, DTI sources revealed.

This year too, the sponsors put up three school-participated events in the consumer talk show, 2007 Inter-School Debate and the 2007 Consumer Quiz Bowl with the city schools sending delegations.

At the Quiz Bowl held at the Island City Mall Activity Center last October 18 at 8:30 in the morning, the team from Bohol Wisdom School composed of Dianne Radaza and Thara Jill Añasco bade for the top place putting up a classic performance in the easy, medium and difficult rounds.

Capping the second place was the team from the Tagbilaran City Science High School with Ron Patrick Guingguing and Esther Doysabas.

3rd Place was Anna Lou Yecyec and Bethel Luz Dabalos team of the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School.

Aside from the three winning schools, the quiz bowl also had University of Bohol, Bohol Institute of Technology – IC, Manga National High School, San Isidro High School of San Isidro district and Mansasa High School.

The following day, at about 3:30 pm, October 19, at the same venue, DTI and DepEd City Division gain pitted the city's best debaters against each other to resolve a consumer issue.

Student consumers tried to resolve the proposition that consumers shall not patronize products that violate Intellectual Property Rights.

Debating Teams from the Holy Name University and the University of Bohol faced each other across the table to outwit and out-argue each other on the proposition. When the verdict was delivered, Team HNU brought the laurel home.

Also named the best debater was HNU's Josephus Anthony C. Bumaat, while the best speaker was Ma. Laureen P. Jamero, also of HNU.

Judges during the speech and logic competition were Ma. Pureza V. Chatto, chair, lawyers Salvador Diputado, and Liberato Casilan, members.

Plaques and Trophies were given to the winners. Tokens were also given courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Corp, according to the DTI.

Ma. Elena Arbon delivered the welcome address during the debate while Dr. Erlinda Mahinay, of DepEd City Division Planning Officer gave the closing remarks. (PIA) [top]

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